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Exhibition press release & new photobook by Zen Foto Gallery









Dear friends,

We wish you a Happy Holiday season and 

a delightful New Year! Best wishes for 2015!



â–   å†¬å­£ä¼‘廊 Winter Holidays 2014/12/28~2015/1/5

■ 次回写真展 Upcoming Exhibition

渡辺 眸 



Hitomi Watanabe
"Tokyo University 1968-1969 -- Behind the Blockade"

2015年1月9日 (fri)~1月31日 (sat)

Party: 1月16日(fri)18:30~20:30

Text / Hitomi Watanabe

1968 was a year of instability  - with the prolonged Vietnam war, student protests in Paris, repression of Czechoslovakia by those countries which were shaken by the “Prague Spring”. America saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. On the other hand, the Apollo mission landed on the moon the following year.   

1968 was also the year I began photography. I wandered around downtown Shinjuku with a camera, capturing people and whatever caught my attention. One night, I came across a crowd causing great turmoil in Shinjuku. I learned that it was an international anti-war protest. Before that, the Vietnam War had seemed to me merely information transmitted from the media, but I felt its reality after joining the protest. As the Riot Police searchlight lit up students' helmets in the heaving crowd, their silhouettes would shiver violently. Student Power in Japan became a powerful tide fighting against society.

Around that time, I stepped foot into Tokyo University's Hongo Campus for the first time, and met Yoshitaka Yamamoto, who was then representative of Todai Zen-kyoto. He inspired me. It was he who made me so determined to document the Todai protests. Inside the barricades actually was an open space, into which non-local students, the general public and even high school students could go.  
Forty-seven years have now passed since then, and some memories are dimming - but film creates new memory. The spirit of Zen-kyoto is brought back to life.



そ して1968年は私が写真を撮り始めた時でもあった。新宿の街をカメラを持ってほっつき歩き、人々を、気づいたものを趣くままに撮っていた。そんな日々が 続いたある夜中、新宿周辺が群集で大混乱になっている流れに遭遇した。「国際反戦デー」のデモであった。いままでメディアの情報として知っていたベトナム 戦争、群衆のひとりとしてリアリティになった。機動隊のサーチライトが揺れる群集の中ヘルメット群を照らし、そのシルエットが激しく揺れ、うごめく。日本 のステュ–デントパワーが社会と対峙し巨大なうねりとなっている。

こ の前後、私ははじめて東大の本郷キャンパスに入った。山本義隆氏(当時東大全共闘代表)に出会ったことが、インスパィアーされ、東大闘争を撮る決定的なも のになったのである。バリケード内は地方からの学生、一般の人々、高校生たちの自由に出入りできる解放空間でもあった。

47年近くを経ったいま記憶がだんだん遠のいていくなか、唯一残されたフィルムによって、新たな記憶。奥深くあった全共闘のスピリットが引きだれてきました。(渡辺 眸)


Exhibition catalogue: "Tokyo University 1968-1969"

Published by Zen Foto Gallery (2015/1/16)

B5 | 48 pages | B&W | 500 Ed. | JP & ENG texts | Â¥3,300.-(excl. tax)


See you next year! 
For more information 
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Piramide Building,2F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku,106-0032, Tokyo JAPAN
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